Fresh Fare

Farmers’ Market to Fork

Shop the Saturday market with a St. Regis chef, then eat the bounty.

By Tom Passavant May 1, 2014 Published in the Summer 2014 issue of Aspen Sojourner

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Perhaps the only thing better than buying your fruits and vegetables at Aspen’s Saturday Market would be having a great chef or two along to help you pick the best produce, then show you how to cook it Italian-style back in his kitchen. An alfresco lunch would, of course, follow immediately.

This summer, David Viviano of the St. Regis’s Trecento Quindici Decano restaurant, along with the hotel’s food and beverage director, Raj Radke, will be doing exactly this—and you need not be a hotel guest to sign on. Tours are scheduled for July 12, August 9, and September 13 and cost $85 per person, not including tax, gratuity, or alcoholic beverages at lunch.

The experience, as Viviano describes it, sounds delectable: “We’ll chat with the farmers and see what they think is perfect. I can make heirloom tomatoes fifteen different ways, so that’s a given. I’m also really impressed by the local wild honeys and the great artisanal cheeses. After we cook everything, we’ll serve it family-style. I’m Italian, and that’s the way everything was served at home, with bowls of pasta, meats, and braised greens passed around a big table.”

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